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Audiology Students Promote Ear Care Among the Elderly

Mar 01, 2013
Audiology final-year students bring smiles to the
elderly at Graceland Nursing Home.

It was a fun-filled day for senior citizens residing at Graceland Nursing Home in Durban when final-year students from UKZN’s Audiology discipline devoted an afternoon attending to their hearing needs in the spirit of International Ear Care Day which is commemorated on March 03.

The students were led by Ms Zandile Blose, Senior Tutor in the discipline, who said ear care was essential for the elderly because improper care could damage the ear and cause other ear-related problems which include hearing loss. The visit was part of the Audiology discipline’s Clinical Practice and Aural Rehabilitation programme. Blose said the Ear Care campaign was a success.

The elderly received free screening for hearing loss and the campaign included tips on how the participants could take care of their ears, hearing and hearing aids. They were treated to an ‘exciting’ line-up of presentations, a skit, Bingo competition and information sessions where they received pamphlets together with much appreciated stress balls to exercise their fingers.

The students advised participants about the importance communicating it if they had hearing difficulty. They said people that have hearing problems must always ensure they can see the face and lips of whoever they are communicating with. 

Mr Ntando Zulu, one of the final-year students, said he loved working with the elderly. He noted that the spotlight is often shone on challenges facing the youth nowadays while other challenges such as hearing loss, continue to affect the elderly in particular.

The campaign also drew attention to the causes of hearing loss, what could be done to prevent it, its treatment options, as well to noise-induced hearing loss.

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